Propranolol for migraines
Propranolol has many uses, once of which being for the treatment and prevention of migraines. Sometimes, propranolol is recommended to patients that suffer from migraines as a way of preventing them, or at least reducing how often they happen.
Although it’s primarily used for treating high blood pressure, propranolol has been proven as an effective treatment for many migraine sufferers, improving their quality of life and reducing the amount of headache days they experience.
Before you buy propranolol for migraines, please make sure that your GP has diagnosed you with migraines, as some symptoms of the condition might indicate other issues that need investigation or alternative treatment.
Propranolol dosage for migraines
It’s recommended to take 40mg 2-3 times a day to prevent migraines, though this can be increased by your own GP. If you think that you need to increase your propranolol dosage for migraines, you should speak to your own doctor about how you’re reacting to the medication, and whether or not you’ve noticed an improvement.
The maximum dosage recommended for migraine prevention is 120-140mg per day, usually taken over several doses, though your GP should tell you the best way to take propranolol for your condition.
80mg propranolol is available as modified release tablets or capsules, and are often recommended to migraine sufferers. This is usually so that you can reduce two doses into one dose that steadily releases into your body over the course of an entire day rather than a few hours.
If you do take 80mg slow-release propranolol for migraines, it’s important that you don’t take any other form of the medicine as well unless your own GP tells you to. However, if your doctor recommends more than 80mg propranolol per day to prevent your migraines, the slow release tablets may not be suitable for you. Please see your own doctor for more advice about this.
Propranolol belongs to the beta-blocker family of medicines, and can be used to treat a wide range of conditions. Propranolol is most commonly prescribed to treat high blood pressure, and is sometimes recommended to people that suffer with physical symptoms of anxiety, such as palpitations, sweating, and tremors.
Propranolol can be used for the following conditions:
- High blood pressure
- Some forms of arrhythmia
- Protecting the heart after a heart attack
- Essential tremor
- Thickened heart muscle
- Bleeding in the oesophagus due to high blood pressure in the liver
Propranolol is an incredibly versatile medication, and can help many people obtain a better quality of life.
Doctor4U can only prescribe propranolol for situational anxiety, and propranolol MR for migraines.
Propranolol side effects
Propranolol is a prescription medication, and despite the fact that it can treat so many conditions, it can also cause unwanted side effects in some patients. Luckily, these are usually easy to manage, and tend to subside once your body gets used to the medication. However, some people find that the side effects outweigh the benefits of the medication.
Some of the most commonly reported propranolol side effects include:
Slower heart rate
Worsened breathing difficulties
Heart failure or worsened heart problems
Please note that we’re only listed common to rare side effects here, and that more side effects can be found in the patient information leaflet, which we recommend that you read thoroughly before you take any propranolol. If you find that some of the side effects are bothering you and you’re unable to deal with them, please speak to your GP about your medication and whether there is anything else that might be suitable or cause fewer adverse effects.
You may be more at risk of experiencing side effects if you take any of the following medicines, which have been known to interact with propranolol and cause potentially dangerous effects.
Please speak to your GP or local pharmacist if you take any of these medications before you buy propranolol.
Propranolol weight gain
Whilst some people do report some weight gain in the first few months of starting propranolol, it isn’t common, and is likely linked with the fact that propranolol can cause fatigue which may lead to reduced activity levels.
If you’re concerned about gaining weight whilst taking propranolol, you should make sure that you have a healthy diet and a regular exercise regime that you can take part in. Keeping active and eating the right foods can help you to control your weight whilst taking new medications. If you find that you still struggle after this, you should make an appointment with your GP to see what options might be available to you.
How long does propranolol take to work for migraines?
Unlike other medicines for migraines which are taken as soon as you notice symptoms, propranolol is taken on a long-term basis, meaning that it could be a few weeks before you notice a difference in your symptoms.
For some people, it might take up to 12 weeks to feel any better whilst taking propranolol, so it’s important to keep taking your medication even if you don’t feel the benefits yet. If you’ve been taking propranolol for migraines for over 3 months and still don’t feel any better, you should visit your GP and ask their advice on what other medications might prevent migraines. Alternatively, they may want to increase your dose to see if it yields better results.
How does propranolol work for migraines?
Unfortunately, it isn’t fully understood how propranolol works for migraines, but it’s thought to block adrenaline in some way.
Most migraines happen due to blood vessels around the brain becoming constricted, and in some people, this is caused by adrenaline. By blocking adrenaline, blood vessels are less likely to constrict, and the frequency of migraines drops.
Whilst propranolol doesn’t cure migraines, it can help to reduce the amount of headache days in many patients, increasing their quality of life.
Is propranolol safe?
Propranolol is a safe medication when taken as directed, though there are some people that are advised to avoid it for health reasons. This is because propranolol has the potential to worsen some medical conditions, and it could be dangerous to take if you have any of the following:
- Allergy to propranolol
- Heart failure
- Shock caused by heart problems
- Severe heart defects
- Issues with heart conduction or rhythm
- Slow or uneven heart rate
- Metabolic acidosis
- Strict fasting diet
- Asthma or breathing problems
- Prinzmetal’s angina
- Low blood pressure
- Allergic reactions to insect bites or similar
- Kidney or liver problems
- Any heart problems
- Myasthenia gravis
Unfortunately, if you have any of these medical problems, propranolol might cause you more harm than good, even if you struggle with migraines and need treatment. Please speak to your doctor about other options that might be available for you. Other than this, propranolol should be safe for you to take as long as you aren’t also taking any interactants or have been told by your GP that you shouldn’t take propranolol for any reason.
You can buy propranolol from Doctor4U after completing some consultation forms about your condition. These are in place for our doctors to review and make sure that the treatment you’re requesting is right for you.
Please note that you can only buy propranolol from us for migraines or for situational anxiety.
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